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Sir Michael Wood

Sir Michael Wood
Member of the International Law Commission
Senior Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law
University of Cambridge

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Peace and Security
Security Council
The Interpretation of Security Council Resolutions

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Peace and Security
Security Council
The Interpretation of Security Council Resolutions
A. Legal Instruments
Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice, San Francisco, 26 June 1945.

Geneva Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, Geneva, 12 August 1949, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, p. 287.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, New York, 16 December 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 999, p. 171.

Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, Vienna, 23 May 1969, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1155, p. 331.

Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties between States and International Organizations or between International Organizations, Vienna, 21 March 1986.

Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Report of the Secretary-General pursuant to paragraph 2 of Security Council resolution 808 (1993) (S/25704), 3 May 1993.

Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Security Council resolution 955 (1994) of 8 November 1994.

International Law Commission, Guiding Principles applicable to unilateral declarations of States capable of creating legal obligations, 2006.
B. Jurisprudence
International
Domestic

Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, In re Piracy Jure Gentium, [1934] A.C. 586.

C. Documents
D. Doctrine
C. D. Amerasinghe, Principles of the Institutional law of International Organizations, Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law, Cambridge, 2005, pp. 61 et seq.

M. Bos, “The Interpretation of Decisions of International Organisations”, Netherlands International Law Review, vol. 28, 1981, p. 1.

J. A. Frowein, “Unilateral Interpretations of Security Council resolutions: a Threat to Collective Security”, in V. Götz et al, Liber Amicorum Günter Jaenicke zum 85. Geburtstag, Springer, Berlin, 1998.

D. Hannay, New World Disorder - The United Nations after the Cold War: an Insider’s view, I. B. Tauris, London, 2008.

E. Papstravidis, “Interpretation of Security Council Resolutions under Chapter VII in the Aftermath of the Iraq Crisis”, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, vol. 83, 2007, p. 56.

W. A. Schabas, “Interpreting the Statutes of the Ad Hoc Tribunals”, in L. C. Vohrah et al, Man’s Inhumanity to Man. Essays in Honour of Antonio Cassese, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden/Boston, 2003, p. 847.

M. C. Wood, “The Interpretation of Security Council Resolutions”, 2 Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law, vol. 73, 1998 (available to download on the website of the Yearbook).

Security Council Report, Special Research Project, 2008 No. 1, 23 June 2008 “Security Council Action under Chapter VII”.